Residents of South Ocean Avenue
are grateful to see that two local eye-sores
have been removed. The derelict
houses, located at 404 and 420, were
demolished last month by an order of
the Nassau County Supreme Court,
which was obtained by the Board of
Both houses had been evacuated,
fumigated and boarded up before the
heavy equipment was brought in to
"I'm relieved to see an end to the
problems caused by these two proper-ties.
The landlord, Ira Sumkin, had been
renting sub-standard apartments to the
residents. He continued to collect their
money but never made the necessary
repairs," said Mayor Bill Glacken.
Village Attorney Harrison J.
Edwards has turned over information
concerning the dangerous conditions
maintained at both properties to the
Nassau County District Attorney's office
for possible investigation. Many of the
tenants paid their rent through
Department of Social Services disburse-ments.
Shown top, middle and bottom - 420 South Ocean Avenue, before, during and after its demolition
Both 420 South Ocean Avenue,
and the neighboring structure at 404
South Ocean Avenue, had been
declared beyond repair and in immedi-ate
danger of collapse.
Residents were evacuated earlier
when the village Building Department
declared both houses dangerous,
unsafe and unhealthy. The property at
420, the worse of the two structures,
was shut down first, and 404, was
closed shortly thereafter.
Both structures were cited for
rodent infestation, major structural
defects, dangerous exposure to lead-based
paint and asbestos as well as fail-ing
to meet electrical code require-ments.
Mr. Sumkin still retains part own-ership
in three other parcels in the vil-lage.
All are currently being examined
by the Building Department, according
to Acting Superintendent Joe
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us at our website www.freeport.com
VILLAGE BOARD ADOPTS "OUAHTY OF LIFE" LAWS
"The Site Plan Review law will benefit genera-tions
of Freeporters to come," explained Mayor Bill
Glacken, in commenting on the new law which
allows the Village's Planning Board to review and
approve the design of all proposed new structures,
taking into consideration the impact of the design
on the existing neighborhood.
"This new law is just basic common sense,"
explained Deputy Attorney Stephen Malone in pre-senting
the proposal to the Board of Trustees. The
law ensures that no building, structure or outdoor
use of land shall be used, constructed, enlarged,
altered or moved in any zoning district until a site
plan meeting has been approved by the Freeport
planning board. Further, no building permit or cer-tificate
of occupancy will be issued until the plan has
been approved by the planning board.
There are eight exclusions to the law: renovations which are
100% internal; exterior renovations to an existing building which do
not increase, alter or otherwise modify the structure, (excluding
business and commercial property); repair and replacement of exist-ing
driveways, curb cuts, aprons and sidewalks; repair and replace-ment
of existing bulkheads, piers, moorings; repair to existing in-
.ground..and_abQve;ground. swimming pools; fences, which do not
extend beyond the front line of the building; decks which are five
feet or less above grade, and storage sheds which conform with all
"These guidelines will help preserve and protect the unique
coastal character of our Village. We are embarking on a revitaliza-tion
effort which will include reconstruction of Woodcleft Ave. and
North Main St., as well as the Central Business District. It is critical
that we have clear, well-defined high standards for the investment
community to rely on in working in these areas," said the Mayor.
detailed in the law are: Monday through Thursday before 8 a.m. and
after 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the ban covers the hours
before 8 a.m. and after 11 p.m. Sunday is treated the same as a week-day,
with noise limits before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m., except when
the following Monday is a legal holiday. In that case, the Saturday
The Freeport Police Department is ready to respond to your ques-tions
or concerns about violations. Please call them if you have a com-plaint
about loud noise during the hours covered by this-new-law. -
New Noise Law
In another move to enhance the quality of life for residents, the
Board of Trustees adopted tougher restrictions on noise levels. The
new law applies to both residential and commercial areas of the
The change to the existing law limits the use of sound repro-duction
devices, (amplifiers and speakers) that carry the noise across
"real property boundaries" during certain hours. The time limits
REMEMBER: OCT. 1ST
DEADLINE FOR PROPERTY ,
Freeport residents who wish to apply for real property tax exemp-tions
must have their applications in the Village Assessor's office by
Thursday, October 1, 1998. That deadline also applies to renewals for
exemptions for senior citizens, clergy and non-profits.
If you are renewing, you should have received your exemption form
in the mail. Veterans and residents with home improvement and business
exemptions receive automatic reductions and are not required to re-apply
each year. You may obtain the necessary forms and additional informa-tion
by contacting the Assessor's office at 377-2256 or by accessing the
Assessor's section of Freeport's website, www.freeport.com. The form
must be received by 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1st. Mailings postmarked
that date will not qualify.
MILLER AVENUE BEFORE AND AFTER
Two sudden and dangerous fires broke out within hours of each
other on Wednesday, July 15th. The fires tested Freeport's team of
fire department volunteers and Village Hall employees, proving
once again the solid strength we can produce when we face an
The first incident, a flash fire, occurred across the street from
Fire Department headquarters. An employee at the Zauder
Brothers cosmetic company was severely burned while cleaning a
paint machine. Volunteers were at the scene within minutes. The
immediate response of Emergency Rescue Co. 9, led by Captain
John McGuire, is credited with limiting the severity of the victim's
burns and possibly providing a successful recovery.
The second fire broke out shortly after 10 p.m. at the Nassau
Leather and Express, Inc., factory at 110 Albany Avenue. Until you
have actually been on the scene of a fire on a hot, humid summer
night, at a plant where smoldering materials are filling the air with
thick smoke and the acrid odor of burning rubber, you can't really
appreciate what firefighters endure to protect us.
Under the leadership of Fire Chief Arthur Burdette, Jr., with the
help of his assistant chiefs Paul Russer, Paul Hashagen and scores of
volunteers, a full scale operation was quickly deployed to contain
the fire, and put it out.
The blaze was spreading to the two buildings adjacent to the
leather plant and threatening the Caldor store on Mill Road. Timing
was critical. The failure to contain the blaze at this point posed a
major threat to a large portion of the industrial park. The firefight-ers
opened up the ceiling of the blazing building to keep the fire
from extending to the Temrex Corp. and Select Copy. A steady
stream of water was trained on Caldor's roof to protect that build-ing:
Help arrived from fire departments in North Bellmore, Valley
Stream, Baldwin, Merrick, Point Lookout, Oceanside and Rockville
Centre. In all, more than 200 firefighters battled the blaze.
Village employees from the Police, Public Works and Building
departments were on hand to help, along with workers from the
electric and water utilities. Superintendents Lou DiGrazia, Joe
Madigan and Hub Bianco were at the scene to provide assistance in
containing the fire and protecting the surrounding property.
Firefighters were at the site until 6 o'clock the next morning to
ensure that the blaze was completely out.
At the end of the 24-hour period, ten firefighters and seven
civilians suffered injuries as a result of fires in Freeport. We can
never thank these volunteers enough, nor praise their heroism suf-ficiently,
for the teamwork, dedication and exhausting hard work
they displayed to protect us, their families, their friends, and their
COMMANDER SWORN IN
BY DEPUTY MAYOR FRIERSON DAVIS
In swearing in Gary Quinton, the new Commander-in-Chief of the
Veterans of Foreign* Wars for the Merrick-Freeport chapter of the
organization, Deputy' Mayor Renaire Frierson-Davis thanked all the
veterans for the sacrifices they had made for us. "We can never fully
express our gratitude to you for protecting our freedom and security
and defending our way of life," she stated. Deputy Mayor Frierson-
Davis recognized departing commander Gerard Sullivan and his fami-ly
for their efforts and support over the past year.
Pictured in the photo: Freeport Deputy-Mayor Renaire Frierson-Davis, past VFW Commander
Gerard Sullivan, present Commander Gary Quinton, his mother, Bernardine Quinton and his
father, Richard Quinton.
By the time this issue will have gone to press, Miller Avenue
should be "high and dry", since the road is being raised in some areas
as much as two feet. The project is part of the Glacken
Administration's commitment to relieve the residents of the low-lying
section of periodic flooding. The two areas raised are Miller Avenue
from Richmond Street to just north of Manhattan Street and the
intersection of Miller Avenue and Hamilton Street.
The project includes the replacement of a drainage outfall pipe,
the installation of a tideflex drainage check valve, new curbs, side-walks
and driveway aprons. Partial funding for the $450,000 project
came from a $250,000 New York State grant obtained by the late New
York State Senator Norman Levy under the Multi-Modal program. The
remaining costs will be paid by the Village Capital Improvement bond
Pictured in the Photo: from the left,, Trustee Don Miller, DPW Superintendent Lou DiGrazia,
and DPW Engineer Robert Fisenne.
Miller Ave. and Hamilton Street now.
TO URGENT CALL FOR BLOOD
The summer months are always a diffi-cult
time for the New .York Blood Center.
Village Hall employees and other individuals
answered the call and donated over 70 pints
of blood during the recent drive at the
The donations came right at the peak of,
the critical season, just before the July,,4th
holiday and the New York Blood Center was
very grateful for the response from all the
If for any reason you missed the July 2nd
date, you may call the Center and schedule
an individual donation.
One of the regulars at every blood drive, our Ex-Chief of the Village Fire Department, Ray Maguire rolls up his sleeve.
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